Bangor graduate raising funds for Boston walk

Posted Feb. 15, 2009, at 8:02 p.m.

Johnson & Wales University and Bangor High School graduate Elizabeth Strout of Providence, R.I., is “doing it again,” Elizabeth wrote of her effort to raise the $2,300 entry fee to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day, in Boston in July, to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

The daughter of my Bangor Daily News editor Jeff Strout, Elizabeth is, again, undertaking this effort to demonstrate her “appreciation and admiration” for her mother, grandmother and great-aunt, who are all breast cancer survivors, Elizabeth wrote.

To participate with thousands of others in this 60-mile, three-day event, Elizabeth must raise the full amount which, unfortunately, she was unable to do last year, even though all of the money she did raise still benefited the Komen Foundation and NPT.

In other words, if you don’t raise the registration fee of $2,300, you can’t actually participate in the walk, her dad reiterated, which is why Elizabeth is starting her fundraising earlier this year, hoping she can actually participate this time.

“I have been supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation since high school when, every fall, our field hockey team ran the Race for the Cure to show our support for not only the cause, but for our friends and family that have been affected,” Elizabeth wrote.

“Now it’s your turn to help,” she added.

It really would be wonderful if Elizabeth could raise the full amount this year and walk the walk!

To help Elizabeth actually become a three-day participant, visit http://www.the3day.org, click on “DONATE,” then “Find a Participant,” type in Elizabeth Strout, then scroll down and click on her name and, when her site comes up, click on “Donate to Elizabeth,” or call 800-996-3DAY.

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First Congregational Church of Searsport is holding a benefit fish chowder supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the church’s Curtis Hall on Church Street, next to Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

All proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Fuel Fund of Waldo County, reports Dorothy Alling, chair of the church’s Mission Outreach Committee and a member of the IFF.

Donations are $7 for adults (or whatever amount you would like to donate), $3 for children 10 or younger.

“The IFF has held fundraising events, through this past year, and the individual churches belonging to the IFF have held their own fundraising events to raise $45,000 for the winter,” Alling wrote.

“These monies will help people living in Waldo County to buy fuel for heating purposes after they have exhausted all sources for heating oil or propane.”

She encourages you to “bring your family, neighbors and friends for warm fellowship and good ‘chowdah.’”

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Speaking of warmth and fuel assistance, Paula Baines of St. James Episcopal Church Outreach Team wrote to report that, between Dec. 1 and early February, St. James members donated $400, and community members donated another $300, to the Days of Warmth fuel fund for a total of $700, which was donated to Crossroads Ministries in Old Town.

Baines spoke with Crossroads director Brenda Davis, who told her at least $200 has been used to help community members, including a father of five “who had some money for fuel but not enough for the minimum 100 gallons,” which Crossroads was able to help him get.

“Since the winter is still long,” and Baines expects “we may have some more cold days,” she wrote, “donations are still welcome. Brenda Davis said every little bit helps.”

If you can make a contribution to the Days of Warmth Fuel Fund, mail your check to Crossroads Ministries, 2 Wood St., Old Town 04468, with Days of Warmth Fuel Fund on the memo line.

In addition, Baines reminds readers, Crossroads Ministries is still in need of pasta of any kind, shampoo, laundry detergent, diapers, bedsheets, pillowcases and curtains.

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A release on behalf of the Maine district of KeyBank reports KeyBank is collecting donations for the American Red Cross at each of its 62 branches throughout Maine.

All donations made at these branches will be used by local chapters of the Red Cross to help Maine people.

KeyBank Maine District president Richard Lucas said that, throughout this winter, “we hope people, in Maine, will continue to think of their neighbors in need and come in to any KeyBank branch to donate to the American Red Cross.”

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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